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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a 21 year old DV charge that I was convicted of. In Ohio, can I really never own a firearm?

I scratched my husband as we were fighting. He had me on the ground so I reached up and scratched him. He had a mark and I didn’t so I got the charge. We’ve since divorced in year 2000. It’s been a really long time and with all that’s going on in the world I’d like to buy a gun for home... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 3, 2020

If you were convicted of an M1 or felony DV--if you did not plead down to something like assault or disorderly conduct--then your prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: u get caught with a gun and gt out on bail , bt get caught months later w/ a gun get 3yr state can the feds pick it up

Do we have to wait till he’s done with the 3 1/2 years .. non violent offender covidt is taking over and killing them in there in Belmont corrections needed help and understanding i was told that u would help consult me and look into it to retain a lawyer

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 1, 2020

The Justia forum allows you to post questions that lawyers like me can then offer answers to. If you want to contact a lawyer directly, you can do so with the information located on their profile or in the directory. As far as I know, Justia does not actively consult.

The feds could pick...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Probate, Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: I called my sons mothers probation officer because she is drinking doing drugs driving without a license and has guns

She has left the state now for a month to avoid failing her drug test. Will i look bad when i go for custody if i call them again to let them know she left the state? I only do this because in her care my son goes without regular food, baths and enough sleep he is almost 2 its heart breaking. He... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 29, 2020

File for custody. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Communications Law for Ohio on
Q: so my gf and i have a no contact, we broke up and she told her dad i’ve been texting her and she never answered but she

but she did answer me and i have screen shot proof

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 26, 2020

That is not a legal question. In fact, it's not a question at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: When summoned to my court date will I be charged with anything other than what is on the police report?

After a motor crash the police report only has one charge although they could have gotten me for more. Should I expect those charges to be pressed when summoned at court or will it only be what is on the police report exactly? The police report did not charge me for drugs in the car? Will that be... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 23, 2020

It’s likely you will face more charges. In particular, drug charges are often filed only after the lab work comes back, which can take weeks or even months.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I was assaulted in a corporation by an unknown individual I want to view video for was not granted can you please help
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 20, 2020

You should report the assault to the police, who will review the video to see if it shows anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I was stopped in late March of this year for suspension of driving under the influence. After several sobriety tests

The officer confirmed I was not under the influence. Then asked me if there was anything in the car he needed to worry about. I told him I had a small amount of marijuana and 2 8mg suboxone pills. After he searched the car he told me I was not under arrest and since I was cool with him he was going... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 20, 2020

It's likely they will charge you, yes. These drug violations are taken pretty seriously now due to number of opioid related fatalities.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: the cops arrested my bf for a M1 dv charge because the neighbors called and said we were fighting but we weren’t?

what do i do and what should he do? if nothing happened

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 20, 2020

Your boyfriend should get an attorney. You two should tell the attorney exactly what happened, and then follow his or her advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can police officer lie in plea bargain? Can he offer a misdemeanor charge, change it to felony when suspect confessed?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 18, 2020

Police officers are permitted to lie to suspects and have no authority to enter into a plea bargain. That's the prosecutor.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: Let’s say hypothetically a 16 year old was talking to an 38 year old. Is it illegal for them to engage in sexual acts.

They have engaged in sexual chats over the internet along with making it clear both ages of the party.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 5, 2020

That’s a terrible idea. First, any sexually explicit imagery of the minor is highly illegal child pornography. Second, without knowing the location of the parties, there are potential problems with age of consent, which varies from state to state. Third, the minor’s parents could find out and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I bought a car from a private person paid stated down payment and was given a month to pay final payment and a bill of

Sale stated such. 5 days later previous owner borrowed stated vehicle to go to the store but never brought it back and stated that changed there mind that they would just give the down payment back when they get paid. What do I do to get it back? Or can I? I live in Ohio.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 5, 2020

If you still want the car, you will have to sue seller for breach of contract. That process will take several months, and OH court activity is currently suspended because of the virus lockdown. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local litigation attorney to review the situation and advise you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: im 12 and my brother is 16 i have video evidence of him hitting me he just started choking me could i send him to jail
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 23, 2020

No, you can't send him to jail. Talk to your parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: How to fire a rouge board member completely?

In accordance with our Bylaws, we have fired two board members, we have followed all the procedures as explained in your Constitution. However, these 2 members are being stubborn. They manage to take some of the organization’s fund and they are holding it hostage with them. For the past 9 months,... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Apr 18, 2020

If they have been fired and removed then they are committing criminal trespass and you should call the police report theft and trespass.

On the civil side, if they are refusing to return property, then you can bring a cause of action against them for civil conversion, civil theft, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I get in trouble if a crime is committed in a car in my name?

I sold the car but haven’t been able to get title done.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 17, 2020

If the police don’t know who did it, they may well suspect you. That could certainly lead to “trouble.”

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio, can someone arrested for domestic violence but convicted of disorderly conduct 4 misdemeanor own a gun?

I was arrested for domestic violence but convicted of disorderly conduct 4 misdemeanor with a violating temporary protection order in 2012. Are my firearm rights gone?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 16, 2020

You can own a firearm. You may have difficulty obtains a concealed carry license.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Child’s father past and then his mom left his heirs his inheritance but siblings haven’t sent it it’s been 7 years

Family sold all property to liquidate property and was suppose to send there inheritance to them they never did from Porto Rico

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Apr 16, 2020

After seven years it is likely that the statutes of limitations on this have expired. If he deceased in Puerto Rico then you need to consult with an attorney licensed there to give you a better answer. Can you provide a little more information on this? Is the mother still alive?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband break into my phone and take messages and personal photos off of it without me knowing
Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 1, 2020

Yes he can. While you are married, the majority of the property either of you own is considered "marital property" meaning both of you have a right to it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I get a job in law enforcement with a felony

I was charged with a non violent third degree felony and was told I could get it expunged but looked now. It doesn’t look like I can anymore and so I was looking into jobs in the criminal justice field and I know it would be very hard but I wanted to know if I would need to have the charge... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 30, 2020

Most F3 offenses can be sealed. What were you convicted of?

As for law enforcement jobs, it could be tough. First, they can see a sealed record during their hiring process so it would still be an issue. Second, depending on the offense, and other factors, you may not be able to restore...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Okay I need a little help I am not understanding my husbands appeal case state vs Foti 439 11district Ohio .

What dose it mean dose he still have 6 yr sentance or not ?? Please put this in simplified terms for me thank you Tanya foti

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 26, 2020

They sent it back for resentencing on the one case but upheld the rest. So right now, he has three years plus whatever he gets at resentencing. The end result will almost certainly be exactly the same. But the trial court has to impose individual sentences for each offense.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I was charged with misuse of credit card of $ 600.00 (F5).Is it possible thru arbitration to red to M1

Last fall, I had been struggling with alcohol after a myriad of traumatic life events occurred( have all proof/ documents). While intoxicated, I was at Hollywood Gaming in Austintown,OH. I played slots, but mostly used Ohio Lottery Machine to purchase tickets, as I had previously done (have bank... Read more »

Breezy M Warner
Breezy M Warner answered on Mar 25, 2020

If you are facing a 5th degree felony you should retain counsel on the matter to discuss possible defenses and plea deals.

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